You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

ACC wants to reduce falls by older people

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/07/2016

ACC is putting more than $30 million into services aimed at reducing the number of falls and fractures older people suffer.

Last year the cost of fall-related claims from over-65s was around $163m and that's projected to increase to between $296m and $418m by 2025.

The number of people aged 65 and over is expected to double to around 1.2 million by 2035, when they will make up nearly a quarter of the population.

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye says $30.5m over four years will be used to support new and existing initiatives.

"ACC's investment will boost work being done by local health organisations and community partners to provide better services for those at risk of falls and those who've been injured in a fall," she said on Tuesday.

"Many of us will know someone who's had a fall and witnessed the devastating impact it's had on them - this is about providing more support for mums, dads, grandmas and grandads to help them have the best quality of life."

The money will be used to help fund a range of services including in-home and community-based strength and balance programmes, fracture liaison services, assessment and management programmes and medication reviews.

Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry says as the population ages the right services are needed to support older people.

Statistics show that people over 65 have a one-in-three chance of falling, and between 10 and 20 per cent result in serious injuries or death.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon